Saturday, June 19, 2010

The first tomatoes of the season

As we venture into our garden every afternoon, another surprise awaits us. This is what is simply so much fun about growing our own food: watching it grow! When we come home from work, one of the first things we do is to go outside and see what's new - it's like reading the newspaper every day to find out what's happened in the world. Our voluminous tomato plants are giving forth little cherry tomatoes on a daily basis now, just enough for that day's salad. They are so cute. "Still Life with Yellow Pear Tomatoes nestled in a Bed of Thyme". I love the little flowering bit of thyme in the upper left hand corner and how the shape of the stem on one of the tomatoes mimics the shape of the thyme.
The Early Girl tomatoes are turning redder each day and I look forward to making an Insalate Caprese one of these days with fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil. I dream of other dishes to be made: stuffed tomatoes, roasted tomatoes, marinated tomatoes, and gazpacho.

Nothing says summer like fresh vine-ripened tomatoes. I encourage you to grow your own. They really take up no space and can be grown any number of ways: in the ground, in pots, and even in these upside down hanging baskets you see at the nurseries. Either way, fresh, vine-ripened organic tomatoes are expensive to buy. Why not grow them yourself?

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